Baton Rouge council rejects tax subsidy for hotel proposal
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has refused to award a tax-relief incentive to a new hotel. The fate of the planned Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge is unclear.
The hotel is proposed for the corner of Third Street and Florida Street, currently a parking lot, with developer Bo Aughtry, of Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group, attached to the project.
The move Wednesday is an indication that some council members feel it's time for downtown redevelopment, which has benefited from various public subsidies, to stand on its own.
Aughtry, who also is the developer behind the downtown Hampton Inn and Suites, said following Wednesday's vote that it is unclear if his firm will move forward with the project.